Justice Department Bad Boys: More Than 650 Cases of Misconduct Documented in 12-Year Period
Federal prosecutors, judges, and other officials at the Justice Department committed over 650 acts of professional misconduct in a recent 12-year period, according to a new report published by a DC-based watchdog group, the Project On Government Oversight.
POGO investigators came up with the number after reviewing documents put out by the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). According to one little-noticed OPR document published last year, a DOJ attorney failed to disclose a “close personal relationship” with the defendant in a case he was prosecuting, in which he negotiated a plea agreement to release the defendant on bond. An immigration judge also made “disparaging remarks” about foreign nationals. POGO contends that this number is only the tip of the iceberg and OPR needs to release more information about this misconduct to the public.
Anthony Cobos is a politician from the State of Texas in the United States. He served as the El Paso County Judge from 2007 – 2011 and is a former member of the El Paso City Council. Cobos was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as part of a public corruptions probe in 2007, was arrested by the FBI on December 16, 2011, charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and deprivation of honest services, and pled guilty to corruption charges on September 3, 2013. He was sentenced on January 3, 2014 to four years in federal prison, to be served in Colorado, and a $10,000 fine.
In late 2005, Cobos began his campaign for El Paso County Judge. In Texas, the County Judge is an administrative, not a judicial, office. The County Judge serves as the presiding officer of the County Commissioners Court. In essence, a Texas County Judge serves as the “mayor” of his or her county.
After a difficult primary election, it was determined that Cobos and Perez would face each other in a run-off election to determine the winner. Cobos won with 11,747 votes to Perez’s 9,919 votes. Judge Cobos took office January 1, 2007.
In an attempt to change perceptions about himself, Cobos announced to the El Paso Times, “This is a political rebirth for me. There is a big difference between where I am now and where I was three years ago. I will no longer be manipulated, blinded and influenced by special interests.”
Source: wikipedia, 23rd July 2014
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